Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June Wrap-Up

Books I Read

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

3.5/5

Recommended to anyone who likes coming-of-age stories, romance, and Catcher In the Rye (though this book was immensely more enjoyable than CITR).

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

4/5

Recommended to anyone who likes quick reads, romance, and a good cry.

Four: The Transfer by Veronica Roth

5/5

Recommended to anyone who likes Divergent, quick reads, and a chance to get into another character's head.

Doctor Who: Who-ology by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright

5/5

Recommended to anyone who likes "Doctor Who," both classic and new. This is a great book to pick up and read whenever you have a few minutes, whether you're waiting in line or stuck in traffic or waiting for the kitchen timer to beep, because you can skip around to different sections. You don't have to read it in order.

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

4/5

Recommended to anyone who has dealt with depression (I haven't dealt with it personally, but people who have loved this book), likes quirky characters, and likes to laugh.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

4/5

Recommended to anyone who likes quick reads, interesting formats (this book is told through the eyes of Clay, the main character, for half the time, and through audiotapes sent to him for the other half), and a good cry. Warning: While this book is fantastic, it's also extremely depressing, and should not be read right before or after books such as Allegiant, The Fault In Our Stars, or If I Stay.

Movies I Watched

"Spider-Man"

3.5/5

Recommended to anyone who likes superheroes and action-filled stories.

"Spider-Man 2"

3/5

Recommended to anyone who likes superheroes and action-filled stories.

"Spider-Man 3"

3.5/5

Recommended to anyone who likes superheroes and action-filled stories.

"Howl's Moving Castle"

3.5/5

Recommended to anyone who likes anime, quirky characters, fantasy, and simple stories.

"It's Kind of a Funny Story"

4/5

Recommended to anyone who has dealt with depression (again, I haven't dealt with it personally, but people who have loved this book), likes quirky characters, likes to laugh, and read and liked It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.

Quotes I Wrote


Lane raised his eyebrows. "Wow. I—never would've guessed you were that young. You're very . . . mature. Well, I guess I'm a bad judge of that. When I was sixteen I still thought fart jokes were funny. But you're way more sophisticated than I ever was."
"Thanks?"

"I mean, every teenage boy still thinks fart jokes are funny, right? But girls, they tend to grow up faster, you know?"

"Actually, the teenage boys I know are very different."

Lane opened his mouth again, closed it, and shook his head, face burning up. "I'm gonna stop talking now."

"You do that."
--Beneath the Moon and Stars


I bit my lip to stop myself from beaming like an idiot. “What if Thorne invited Cress to his mother’s New Year’s Eve party, to make up for the earlier disaster?”
“I think Cress would accept that invitation.”
My lip escaped its prison and my face ached from smiling so wide. “Thorne is glad.”
“Okay, you can stop that now. It was cute at first, but now it’s weird.”
“Thorne still thinks it’s funny.”
“Seriously. It’s almost creepy.”
“Thorne finds it hard to stop speaking like this.”
Kya shook her head at me, though she was grinning. “See you soon, then.”
“Thorne will count down the—”
Kya punched my shoulder.
--Beneath the Moon and Stars

She [Kya's best friend, Dakota] wasn’t someone I could talk to or hang out with like I did with Lane. Sure, we could talk about silly stuff—boys, classmates, our teachers, even bands—but we couldn’t ever have a serious conversation. Not over the loud music or the incessant clickclickclick of her typing on her iPhone, even when I was right in the middle of telling her something.
--Beneath the Moon and Stars


I stuffed my hands in my pockets and walked away. The living room wasn’t very crowded yet, but it sounded like there were at least triple the amount of people, due to the fact that everyone spoke as if they were shouting across a football field. It was as if they were trying to prove that their story was funnier than the other person’s story because they SPOKE LIKE THIS.
“AND THEN I SAID, ISN’T HE A HOOT? AND THEY JUST ABOUT DIED LAUGHING.”
“THAT’S HYSTERICAL, MARLENE! AND THAT REMINDS ME OF THIS ONE TIME WHEN WENDY WAS AT THE DENTIST.”

--Beneath the Moon and Stars


Mom always did all the talking whenever the two of them were together. Dad would grunt every once in a while, but it was very clear who was in charge.
Their conversations always went something like this:
“Paul, what do you think of these flowers?”
“Hmm, I don’t think they really go with the rest of the room.”
“Really?” She’d make a tutting noise, then, “I like them.”
“Whatever you want, dear.”
Or:
“Paul, does this dress make me look fat?”
“No, it looks fine.”
“Really?” Tutting. “I think it makes me look fat.”
“You look gorgeous in anything, dear.”
--Beneath the Moon and Stars

Obsessions I Acquired

"Sherlock." I marathon watched all three seasons in less than a week. How have I missed this show for so long?!

"The Fault In Our Stars" movie soundtrack. :) Such great music. I have to restrain myself from overplaying it so I don't get sick of it.

Picture of the Month


One of my favorite quotes from "Sherlock."




How was your June?

3 comments:

nevillegirl said...

I should read the Four stories! I should probably finish Insurgent and Allegiant first, though...

I love Who-ology... my favorite part was the River Song timeline. :)

The Magic Violinist said...

@nevillegirl Yes, you should!!!

I loved that, too. It helped to keep things straight, that's for sure. :P

Boquinha said...

LOVE TFIOS soundtrack, too. And great quotes again!